Coach Kristina Frahm.

May 10, 2013

JACKSON, Miss. - With National Championships come recognition and awards. For the second straight year the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Women's Bowling Team has been nominated by the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Awards. The team is up for best Female Team, while head coach Kristina Frahm is up for best Female Coach of the Year.

Jackson State University will host the second annual HBCU Awards as part of the inaugural HBCU Media Week. The actual awards ceremony will be June 28 at 7:00 p.m. on the Jackson State campus.

UMES repeated again this year as National Champions, capturing the program's fifth National Championship in the last six seasons, fourth in the past three years. The team also won the MEAC Championship for the sixth time. Coach Frahm was named Most Outstanding Coach of the MEAC Tournament and a finalist for National Coach of the Year.

The team captured the school's only nominations in 24 different categories in the fields of leadership, arts, athletics, research and community engagement. Jarrett L. Carter Sr., Founder and Executive Director of the Center for HBCU Media Advocacy Inc., said that the "HBCU Awards are the first and only event to recognize the influence and impact of HBCSs on American culture."

"The success of historically black colleges and universities are a direct reflection of the success of African-Americans and African-American communities nationwide," says Carter. "The HBCU Awards is a moment of celebration and recognition for scholars and supporters of HBCUs, but more than that, it is a chance for all Americans to cheer on institutions and individuals maintaining a legacy of enrichment for the nation and the world."

More than 600 entries submitted by administrators, students, alumni, faculty and supporters of HBCUs throughout the country were narrowed to the list of finalists, representing 45 public and private four-year historically black colleges and universities from around the nation. Finalists were selected by Center leadership based upon a record of achievement and media coverage in local, regional or national outlets. Winners are selected by a panel of HBCU students, alumni and administrators, and will be announced on the evening of the ceremony.



The HBCU Awards will be the keynote event of the inaugural National HBCU Media Week, presented by Jackson State University. The week will also feature the annual HBCU Media Summit, a conference that brings together working journalists, HBCU presidents, faculty and students to dialog about media literacy and development at historically black colleges.

HBCU Media Week is produced by Carter Media Enterprises LLC, publishing company of the HBCU Digest, and a portion of proceeds raised during HBCU Media Week will be donated to the Center for HBCU Media Advocacy Inc. in support of media training, scholarships and grants to historically black colleges and universities.

Portions of this release appear compliments of the Center for HBCU Media Advocacy Inc.

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